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Stop Shifting Health Blame, Just Fix It, Minister

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 24 March 2016

Tags: Health, Hospitals, Health Crisis, State Budget

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

The events of the last couple of days in our hospitals are inexcusable and they shame us all. We should not have to hear another traumatic story before it's fixed.

We don’t want a health system where elderly men wait two days before getting their severed fingers attended to, women suffer the trauma of a miscarriage in a chair in Emergency, and hospital buildings are riddled with mould.

The Health Minister needs to focus on fixing these problems and not blaming hospital staff, who are on the frontline trying to help sick Tasmanians.

Instead of blame shifting, and cost shifting, Minister Ferguson should put the $100M back into the hospitals that his government removed two budgets ago. That’d help fix these problems.

Minister Ferguson has to stop blaming doctors and nurses, health professionals, and the previous government for the problems in his health system, which he's been in charge of for two years now. He’s the Health Minster, it’s his responsibility, and he has to do whatever it takes to fix it.

The Health Minister shouldn't be stalling with a review, he needs to listen to the nurses and doctors in our hospitals, and act now. We've heard more than enough appalling and traumatic stories from the frontline.

The Liberals are so focussed on their own spin, that they're ignoring the crisis' that need fixing now. There are elderly people who are fearful for their health, worrying that if they need hospital treatment they'll be left waiting, in pain.